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[PDF] From armed privates to private armies: Regulating Private Military and Security Companies

Author: Allerhand Institute, Embassy of Switzerland, ICLHR Initiative, Published on: 4 October 2012

One of the first responses to calls for regulation came from the Swiss Government in the form of the Montreux Document and the 2010 voluntary International Code of Conduct for Private Security Providers (ICoC). Are those documents an adequate answer to the challenges of the ‘privatization of war’, or is an international treaty [indispensable]? Can a contracting company (e.g. a gas or oil company), [rely] on the fact that its security provider has signed the ICoC, to be certain that it meets its own responsibility to respect human rights? Our guests – representing the government, business and NGO perspectives - will attempt to answer these questions. You can register by sending an email to [email protected] with 'PMSC seminar-registration' in the subject line or register at www.allerhand.pl

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